Detective Chief Inspector Jeremy Carter is leading searches at a flat in Kimmeridge Close, Nythe, Swindon, in relation to the murder of Sally Ann John.
Sally Ann was 23 when she went missing on 8 September 1995 from the Station Road/ Aylesbury Street area in Swindon.
Last year, the reinvestigation was initiated following a review of the original investigation and new lines of enquiry were established. This was reclassified as a murder investigation.
DCI Carter said: “We are focusing our attention on this property as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Sally Ann John, who we believe was murdered. The flat was the last known address of Sally Ann and although it was searched as part of the missing person enquiry which was initially launched in 1995, the property will now be forensically searched by specialist officers.
“The search will concentrate on any items which may be related to Sally Ann or may assist with the investigation into her death.
“We will have a mobile police unit stationed in the area and encourage members of the public who may have any information regarding Sally Ann’s disappearance, or information regarding the property, to come and visit our officers.
“Renewed appeal posters will also be distributed in the local area as well as areas that we understand Sally Ann was familiar with, including the Station Road and Aylesbury Street area, where she was last seen.
“I anticipate the searches to take approximately a week but this will depend on a number of factors, and whether or not any items of interest are discovered. Any items of interest will be forensically recovered and sent for analysis by experts.
“I would like to emphasise that the present occupant of the property is in no way linked to the investigation and we would like to extend our thanks to him for his co-operation during the disruption this activity will cause.
“Once again, I would like to urge anyone who saw Sally Ann in the lead up to her disappearance in September 1995 to contact me immediately. I appreciate that many years have passed and that relationships and lifestyles may have changed dramatically since 1995, but we would urgently like to speak to any friends/acquaintances of Sally Ann. I can assure any callers that their details will be kept in confidence and no matter how small you think the information may be, it could be crucial in helping us achieve justice for Sally Ann, and her family, who we are working closely with. They will be kept updated with any progress during the investigation.”
Local Commander, Superintendent Charlie Armstrong said: “As part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Sally Ann, there will be a large amount of police activity in the Kimmeridge Close area of Nythe during this week.
“I recognise that this may cause some issues for the local community but we will do our utmost to keep the disruption to a minimum to ensure nearby residents can go about their daily routines. These searches, however, are an essential part of the investigation and we appreciate everybody’s understanding. If you wish to express any concerns regarding the police activity, you are welcome to speak to an officer at the mobile police unit stationed in the area.”
If you have any information, please contact Wiltshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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Below: Sally Ann John